Perro, or Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra, was the name given to the group of musicians who played, recorded and jammed together in the early 70′s. They were, essentially, members of Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Crosby, Stills and Nash. Their first album together, Blows Against The Empire, was released, not as the Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra, but as Jefferson Starship (a name later used for Grace Slick and Paul Kantner’s band formed in 1974). They then officially became Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra on David Crosby’s If I Could Only Remember My Name.
In 1971, these musicians got together for rehearsals at Wally Heider Studios and, luckily for us, these sessions were recorded (see below) yielding some truly remarkable music and interactions between this collective group of inspired and supremely talented artists. They were as follows:
David Crosby – guitar, vocals
Graham Nash – guitar, vocals
Paul Kantner – guitar, banjo, vocals
Grace Slick – piano, vocals
Jorma Kaukonen – lead guitar
Jack Casady – bass
Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh – bass
Bill Kreutzmann – drums
Mickey Hart – percussion
David Freiberg – viola, vocals
The following LP's were recorded as PERRO and each was released as solo works by the main artist......
1970 Blows Against The Empire - Paul Kantner and Jefferson Starship
1970 If I Could Only Remember My Name - David Crosby
1971 Songs For Beginners - Graham Nash
1971 Sunfighter - Paul Kantner and Grace Slick
1972 Graham Nash and David Crosby - Nash and Crosby
1972 Rolling Thunder - Mickey Hart
1973 Baron Von Tollbooth And The Chrome Nun - Kantner, Slick and David Freiberg
A return to the title Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra was used for a 1983 Lp by Kantner and others
Planet Earth Rock N' Roll OrchestraWally Heider Recording Studios
San Francisco, CA
Recorded By Stephen Barncard
01: Jorma And Jerry's Jam 1
02: Dope Rap With Piano
03: Solo Piano
04: Jam Slide
05: Wooden Ships Jam
06: Walking IN The Mountains
07: Is It Really Monday
08: Mountain Song #1
09: Loser #1, #2
10: Under Anesthesia(False Start),aka"You Sit There"
11: Under Anesthesia, aka "You Sit There"
12: Mountain Song #3
01: Wall Song #1
02: Over Jordan, aka "Wayfaring Stranger"
03: Wild Turkey, aka "Leather Winged Bat"
04: Loser #3,#4
05: Epp Hour, aka "Rounds"
06: Wall Song #2
07: Mountain Song #4
08: Tamalphais High(At About 3),aka "Kids And Dogs"
09: Kids And Dogs
10: NO Song
11: Violin Jam
12: Guitar Solo 1